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    • I hate mosquitoes. And when I travel I worry about malaria and other mosquito related diseases if I am going to a place with those pests.

      So I am happy to see this new study.

      "Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days.

      The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help stop the spread of malaria.

      The disease, which is spread when female mosquitoes drink blood, kills more than 400,000 people per year.

      Worldwide, there are about 219 million cases of malaria each year."


    • And about 1,600 of those cases of malaria are in tourists returning to the USA, every year. That's the number I could verify on the WHO website, but somewhere I have in my head that it is about 70,000 tourists annually who are infected with malaria world wide - but that would include south east Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. Even 70.000 is a small number compared to 219 million

    • Even strong environmentalists have little love for mosquitos.....

      But what happens if the mosquitos that survive the spider venom endowed fungus, begin to spread the venom to their own victims when they bite them? Clouds of spider venow endowed mosquites are pretty terrifying. 🙄 😱

    • I'm not overly fond of mosquitoes, but I do wonder what kind of ecological effects this would have if carried out on a large scale.

      Science writer David Quammen has argued that mosquitoes have limited the destructive impact of humanity on nature. "Mosquitoes make tropical rainforests, for humans, virtually uninhabitable," he said.

      Rainforests, home to a large share of our total plant and animal species, are under serious threat from man-made destruction. "Nothing has done more to delay this catastrophe over the past 10,000 years, than the mosquito," Quammen said.

      It's sad that so many people die because of mosquitoes. But I don't think that makes them bad and I don't necessarily think it's necessary to remove the threat completely. I'm sure many would say it's for the greater good, but I don't think I can say that humans really are the greater good.

      Animalogic's videos are always great and this one is relevant.

    • What a great video. Thanks for sharing. Certainly gives me something to think about. I never understood exactly how mosquitos bite. Amazing video showing inside the body how they get the blood out.

    • Yeah, I had always thought that their proboscis was rigid like the needles we use for injections or drawing blood. So I was surprised to see how flexible they are.